Elizabeth M. Meckley, 94, formerly of Emmaus, died May 8, 2017, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. She was the wife of the late Harold R. Meckley. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Bertha (Sell) Dunbar.
She was a graduate of Allentown High School.
She was the secretary of Lutheran Church of Holy Spirit, Emmaus for 20 years before retiring. Previously, she was a secretary for Trojan Powder for several years.
She was a long-time member of The Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, Emmaus.
Eric W. Smith, 93, of Macungie, formerly of New London, Conn. and Waterford, Conn., died May 1, 2017, at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of the late Elizabeth S. (Kienle) Smith and Joan (Todd) Smith. Born in St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada, March 3, 1924, he was the son of the late Max W. and Elsie (Worsley) Smith.
Donald Guldin, 87, of Emmaus and formerly of Palm, died May 7, 2017. Born in New Berlinville, he was a son of the late Horace and Mae Ruth (Young) Guldin.
He was a 1947 graduate of the Milton Hershey Industrial School. He was a self-employed carpenter in the Upper Perkiomen area. He was an outdoorsman and an avid hunter. He enjoyed cooking and eating and had quite a “sweet tooth.”
Annabelle Helen Dittbrenner, 86, of Salisbury Township, died peacefully May 8, 2017, in Lehigh Valley Health Network. She was the wife of the late John Hartman “Jack” Dittbrenner Jr. Born in Lowhill Township, she was a daughter of the late Henry William and Estella Elizabeth (Hillegass) Pforr.
She was a 1948 graduate of Emmaus High School and a 1951 graduate of Allentown Hospital School of Nursing and was a registered nurse.
Carol Ann Conway, 80, of Emmaus, died peacefully in her home May 11, 2017. She was the wife of Walter R. Conway. Born in Pottsville, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Catherine (Bortzel) Brahler, of Pottsville.
Known as “CC” by her grandchildren and family, she was an incredible mother, homemaker, wife, friend and grandmother.
Before marrying and raising her family, she was a medical technologist at Pottsville Hospital. After raising her family she worked at the Bon-Ton department store and The Women’s Health Center of Allentown.
Gregory P. Kotch, 57, of Salisbury Township, died May 13, 2017, at home. He was the husband of Carolyn J. (Muta) Kotch, to whom he was married for 27 years. Born in Allentown, he was the son of John and Sonia (Prisaznik) Kotch.
He was a graduate of Lehigh University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in business and economics. He was vice president of Yorgey Supply, Schnecksville and a certified groundwater systems sales specialist.
The Honorable James Knoll Gardner, 76, of Emmaus, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, died April 26, 2017, after two and a half years tenaciously battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). He was the husband of Linda (Klenk) Gardner.
He was known for his resilience, strength of character, loyalty, attention to detail, and dedication to his career as a jurist, for which he possessed an enduring passion for his work on the Federal bench.
Donald Edwin Roth, 82, of Macungie, died May 4, 2017 in his home. He was the husband of Nancy C. (Vallone) Roth. Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Ralph and Pauline A. (Long) Roth.
He started his career with P.A. Freeman in Allentown as a vice president and salesperson. Later, he became a certified gemologist and CEO for Robert Fisher Co., Newark, NJ and A. Jaffe & Sons in New York City. He was a 1952 graduate of Allentown High School and was a paratrooper in the United States Army.
Terry L. Grill, 70, of Macungie, died May 6, 2017 in his residence surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Elizabeth A. (Mohry) Grill. Born in East Greenville, he was the son of the late Herman P. and Mae A. (Boyer) Grill.
V. Joyce Barber, 96, died May 4, 2017, in Lehigh Center, Lower Macungie Township. She was the wife of the late Eugene William Himmel and also the widow of Kenneth John Barber. Born in Philadelphia, she was a daughter of the late Charles William and Viola Carrie (Listcoe) Dunnet.
She was a 1940 graduate of Frankford High School in Philadelphia. She worked as a bookkeeper at a bank and also was a cafeteria worker in the Neshaminy School District.